TTT: Ten books to read if you like female assassins

Tuesday, 29 September 2015

(This is a weekly meme by The Broke and the Bookish)

I opted not to go with the 'ten books to read if you like this author/book' and went with a type of character instead because if there is one thing I love, it's reading about female assassins. If you've read your own fair share of female assassin books that aren't on the list then please feel free to leave me a recommendation in the comment section below. The more female assassin books, the better.

Female Assassin books I couldn't get enough of

Female assassin books I'm dying to read

Book Review: With Visions of Read: Broken Bonds (Book 2) by Trisha Wolfe

Thursday, 24 September 2015

With Visions of Red, Book TwoWith Visions of Red, Book Two by Trisha Wolfe
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Published on July 2015 by Kindle Direct Publishing
Buy: Amazon

Goodreads Summary

The UNSUB has made contact.

After a rapid string of grisly murders shakes the usually peaceful city of Arlington, Virginia, the sadistic killings of young women lull into a deceptive calm. Agent Sadie Bonds knows the terror isn’t over; serial killers don’t stop until caught.

And this sadist has targeted the profiler, revealing pieces of her dark past and weaving her secrets into each gruesome crime scene. Is the killer someone from Sadie’s past, her present? Or is he part of a fated future she brought on herself? The answer lies within the riddle of the copycat killings, ones mimicked after the infamous Blood Countess.

As tension brews in the department awaiting the UNSUB’s next move, Sadie’s more than on edge—her deviant cravings for the possible perpetrator have ratcheted out of control. She needs the feel of Colton’s ropes binding her, sheltering her from stark reality.

Only Colton Reed has his own twisted secrets that threaten to unravel not only Sadie as they come to light, but the UNSUB’s carefully constructed web now entangling both the profiler and her sexy bondage rigger.

Is Sadie too close to this case to be objective, or is the UNSUB closer to her than she ever imagined…

My Review

THIS BOOK WAS INTENSE (AND SERIOUSLY FREAKING HOT) BUT INTENSE! Gah. Everything really stepped up a notch. The UNSUB won't stop until he gets Sadie one way or the other and his tactics are seriously creepy. It honestly makes you question how he knows so much, so it'll be interesting to find out who he is.

The tension between Sadie, Quinn, and Carson really adds to the overall tension of the book. They're each keeping secrets from the other, hiding possible avenues in the investigation because they each have their own agendas and loyalties. Carson is an asshole with a capital A; the douchey move he made on Sadie honestly made me want to punch him in the dick myself. If I want anyone to be the killer working inside the police department then it would have to be him. I am 100% convinced that Quinn is madly in love with Sadie but in complete denial about it. It's adorable how protective of her he can get.

On the other hand, Colton's character constantly drifts between over-protective, sensual lover and hella creepy potential serial killer. We found out his not so secret secret in this one (which honestly wasn't much of a surprise). AND THE CLIFFHANGER (especially after that steamy hot couple of chapter)? Honestly, how am I supposed to wait patiently for the next instalment? I need to find out what happens, like, yesterday.

Book Review: With Visions of Red: Broken Bonds (Book 1) by Trisha Wolfe

Wednesday, 23 September 2015

With Visions of Red: Broken Bonds, Book OneWith Visions of Red: Broken Bonds, Book One by Trisha Wolfe
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Published on May 2015 by Kindle Direct Publishing
Buy: Amazon

Goodreads Summary

Passion and lust ignite. Dark and light battle. This explosive first instalment of the Broken Bonds series sets the exhilarating pace for a cat and mouse game where no one knows who’s really pulling the strings.

Criminal profiler Sadie Bonds knows blood. Her affair with the gruesome, dark world of killers began long before she started applying her analytical skills to investigate gory crime scenes. She gets inside the killers’ heads, breaks them down, relates to them on an arcane level. She prefers it this way—because it’s safer to ally herself with the villain than the victim. At least, that’s how she’s coped ever since she was abducted and tortured as a teen.

She will never be a victim again.

Now, she’s honed her skills in order to bring justice to these ritualistic offenders. Working alongside her colleagues, armed with sharp wit and a SIG, Sadie always catches her sadist. Until one ruthless serial killer gets inside Sadie’s head, turning the tables. He knows her secrets. Her obsessions. The darkest, most deviant part of her soul.

When she meets Colton Reed, dangerous stakes are raised as he threatens to unravel her control and reveal her darkest fantasies. The sexy-as-sin bondage rigger at an exclusive BDSM club pushes her boundaries, forcing her to acknowledge that side of herself she fears. Plunged into a realm of torture and suffering, pain and pleasure, Sadie balances on the razor-sharp edge of two intersecting worlds threatening to swallow her.

My Review

4.5 stars.
Hot, hot and hot. Sex, bondage and murder. I really enjoyed this for a multitude of reasons. It was like an extremely dirty version of a criminal minds episode, delving into the mind of a serial killer and I really enjoyed that aspect of it. I found myself shipping Quinn and Sadie at various points throughout which is probably due to the love-hate relationship they've got going on. He's the nice, safe, respectable option for her. On the other end of the scale is Colton Reed, a super hot shibari master. Their shared moments together were crazy intense, sexy and emotional. He's working towards making Sadie feel empowered within her body and with her sexuality and to not feel ashamed and trapped by the painful travesty of her past. Admittedly, I did cringe every single time Colton called Sadie a 'goddess'. It gave me flashbacks to 50 Shades of Grey and Anna constantly referring to her vagina as an 'inner goddess', and I'd really rather not have to make that connection. Ever.

It does irritate me that this is written as a serial. I have to wait for each book segment to be release just to find the next piece of the puzzle and eventually learn who the killer is rather than have it all banged into one large book. I suppose it does add to the anticipation. All in all, everyone needs to read an erotic thriller or two in their lifetime. Don't miss out on the fun, haha.

Book Review: Driving Heat by Richard Castle

Tuesday, 22 September 2015

Driving Heat (Nikki Heat, #7)Driving Heat by Richard Castle
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Published on 15th September 2015 by Titan Books
Buy: Amazon

Goodreads Summary

Richard Castle, New York Times mega-bestselling mystery writer and star of ABC's hit primetime show Castle is back. In the seventh novel of his popular Nikki Heat series, the NYPD's top homicide detective has been promoted to captain just in time to face a thrilling case with a very personal twist. Captain Heat's fiancé, Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter Jameson Rook, is deep in an investigation. Professionally for Heat, Rook's meddling in the case compromises her new job. Privately, it becomes an early test of their engagement when Rook becomes a distraction at best, and an obstacle at worst, as their parallel lives not only cross, but collide.

My Review

This instalment in the Nikki Heat series was once again another amazingly fun read (although I really expected no less). The ways in which season 7 of Castle was interpreted and reflected upon in this book really intrigued me. I loved picking up on all the little references from the show, especially how Richard Castle still likes to play the role reversal card. Things that happen or are said by Kate become things that happen or are said by Rook and I think it's really interesting how he does that. He almost in a way highlights how Kate is not alone in the things she worries about (losing the spark in their relationship when they get married) and how far he would go to protect her if he could by switching their places. However, it also raised a lot of questions for season 8: Kate's new role in the precinct, the tension that will undoubtedly loom between Esposito and Ryan etc etc.

My favourite part about this book was undoubtedly the incorporation of the transcripts from Nikki's therapy sessions and how they were strategically placed throughout the entire book. They never gave you the full picture, just enough to entice you and leave you with lingering questions about what this means for Nikki and Rook's relationship. The transcripts practically bled into the narrative itself; once the issue was raised we saw it unfold between the two characters through the arguments, the omissions, the secrecy and Kate's inner monologue. It still takes almost dying and being in perpetual danger for these two to put things in perspective or voice the things they've been meaning to say. No different from the show in that respect.

I'd also like to thank whoever ghostwrites this thing because they let Rook and Nikki get married the way Rick and Kate should have done. Flaming cars be damned. They did it.

My next 10 TBR titles: Group 01

Friday, 18 September 2015

With over 600 books currently in my to-be-read pile (argh) and the constant struggle when it comes to deciding what to read next, I've decided to randomly choose 10 books to read next (and hopefully not veer off course). The struggle to choose those ten titles alone was real. I've decided on a really eclectic selection of books because I absolutely detest sticking to one genre, (talk about a limited reading experience). Group 01 will include YA fantasy, science fiction, romance, classics, thriller and dark crime/erotica. Hopefully, I'll write and posts reviews for most of them if not all.

My next ten to-be-read titles are as follows:

Book Review: The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkns

Tuesday, 15 September 2015

The Girl on the TrainThe Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Published in January 2015 by Doubleday, Transworld Publishers
Buy: Amazon

Goodreads Summary

Rachel takes the same commuter train every morning. Every day she rattles down the track, flashes past a stretch of cozy suburban homes, and stops at the signal that allows her to daily watch the same couple breakfasting on their deck. She’s even started to feel like she knows them. “Jess and Jason,” she calls them. Their life—as she sees it—is perfect. Not unlike the life she recently lost.

And then she sees something shocking. It’s only a minute until the train moves on, but it’s enough. Now everything’s changed. Unable to keep it to herself, Rachel offers what she knows to the police, and becomes inextricably entwined in what happens next, as well as in the lives of everyone involved. Has she done more harm than good?

My Review

This book was insanely good. Hyped by everyone as the next 'Gone Girl', I can safely say that in my opinion it certainly wasn't on that level but it was an amazing-five-star read regardless.

I once read a book by a former alcoholic where she described giving oral sex to two different men, men she'd just met in a restaurant on a busy London high street. I read it and I thought, I'm not that bad. This is where the bar is set.

That quote alone set the bar for how much I knew I'd love this book. The characters were so authentic, complex, original and intriguing, most particularly Rachel, our resident alcoholic. Everyone in this book was a messed up, lying piece of shit with secrets hidden under secrets and it made for a great character study.

I think the most intriguing part about this whole book is the central character, Rachel, and how our perception of events and characters are all shaped by Rachel's own perception. Her alcoholism leaves her with a series of blurry memories, blackouts and recollections where other people have had to fill in the gaps. How can we know and believe the full story when the narrator isn't even sure of it herself? This is the beauty of the unreliable narrator because the reader must question how far they can trust Rachel. How much of what she says is delusion? How much do we need to depend on the other POV's in the narrative to solve the puzzle? And I think that's one of the great things about this book that is done so well. Everything is so tightly plotted that you may guess the killer half way/three quarters of the way through the book but you'll still feel surprised and anxious to see how everything hits the proverbial fan right at the end.

I didn't really have any pet peeves with this book apart from Anna Watson's existence annoying the living hell out of me but what's a book without one super irritating character?

All in all, I highly recommend everyone pick up this book (even if you end up only ever getting through 100 pages).

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